Should phones with 512MB RAM cease to exist?

Should phones with 512MB RAM cease to exist?

A lot of smartphones bearing 512MB RAM and sporting more recent Android mobile operating systems continue to exist in the market today. With full-blown apps slowly ceasing their support for these phones, take Facebook for example, Should brands still offer these low-end smartphones?

With the advent of technology advancement, most mobile apps offer more functionality at the expense of higher requirements. Week after week, apps oftentimes add new features in hopes to retain users and keep them using their applications. As such, incremental updates mean additional app space is needed to install new files for them to function well, and most phones offer very limited storage spaces, which would mean that you have to pick a handful of apps to install without going overboard.

Multitasking also isn’t that much of a possibility as phones generally tend to slow down or lag when using or switching in between apps. Despite these inconveniences, Why are brands still offering these to the market?

The reason is simple: they still believe that there is still a market for cheap, affordable phones. A lot of these phones are the ones that can be afforded by the mass market who only wants a fancy phone to use basic functions such as calls, messages, and camera for daily activities.


Lite versions of popular apps are also increasing, the latest to join this bandwagon is social microblogging website Twitter. Twitter may have recognized the proliferation of low-end devices. Google has also developed Android Go specifically to meet the demands of phones with measly hardware.

So should brands step up and stop offering phones with 512MB RAM? Yes, they should. We still need to be reminded, though, that this segment will continue to thrive on market demand, and brands will continue to release smartphones with similar specifications to remain competitive in this area.

There’s also that desire for brands to offer better hardware at competitive prices such as Cloudfone’s Spotify Lite that broke barriers and made a 1GB RAM phone priced at Php1,999 a few years back. We may not see that coming yet though due to increased exchange rates and costs which may affect overall pricing.

Until then, people will have no choice but to purchase these kinds of phones because that’s their only budget, and those are their only options.

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5 Responses

  1. ease E says:

    unusable na talaga ang 512MB RAM adroid phones in today’s standards. Lowest RAM should be 2GB para enjoy

  2. rush says:

    1 gig nga gapang na eh 512 pa kaya?

  3. cruizer says:

    Tama, di na dapat tinatanong yan. Sa mem consumption ng Android at apps ngayon 2GB na dapat minimum. Frustration lang kalalabasan pag 1 GB, paano pa kung 512 MB

  4. el gato says:

    dapat nga below 2GB bawal na para sa android phones. ;)

    kadalasan, may problem ako sa 1GB ram na cm android one first gen ko. solusyon= retiro!
    paminsan-minsan. may problema ako sa 2GB ram na cm android one g1 (second gen).
    buti nlang may hand-me down phone ako na samsung s6 edge. ;)

  5. Zaph Castillo says:

    If they will continue to have 512mb phones, they should offer it at a price no more than 1.5K and make sure that the pre installed apps are Lite versions of important Apps like Facebook, Messenger, Twitter and Opera web browser.

    ‘There is a demand and I am one who wouldn’t mind to have a phone with 512mb RAM for the sole purpose of having a device capable of receiving e-mails, surf the web and social media besides call and text.

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